Falling Still have been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, The Eagles of Death metal and post-Nirvana grunge. They are unique, raucous and yet introspective. They’re about to hit the road in support of their recently released self-titled EP. I got a chance to speak with bassist Brett Hamilton about the EP and his band in general. His answers were to the point and I got the impression that being interviewed wasn’t his favorite thing in the world, but he was completely honest and really what more do you want? Maybe I should ask better questions.
Matt De Mello – You’ve mentioned that with this EP you’re “finally creating the music you’ve always wanted to make”. Yet you have the same producer and the same band members. What makes this album so much different than your previous releases?
Brett Hamilton – Getting things right requires time, experience, and persistence. We embarked on our first two projects a little too hastily. This EP was the first time we ever stepped into the studio with fully formed songs that we were happy with.
MD – You guys have known one another since middle school how has that helped the process of becoming well-known musicians?
BH – These days, it’s rare that a band forms at a young age and keeps it together for so many years. It’s really liberating to be involved with people you trust implicitly and understand the work habits of.
MD – With that same understanding has having been with the same guys as long as the three of you have been together hurt the process of expanding your horizons?
BH – It has actually only helped the process. We challenge each other in ways that people who are less familiar to us might not be comfortable with.
MD – What made you guys decide to start making music together?
BH – None of us ever really made that decision. It was more of a decision that the universe made for us, probably!
MD – With your music you say your goal is to help people escape everyday pressures through your music. What do you listen to get you through the everyday pressures?
BH – Everyday pressures are likely to make us write music rather than listen to it. No therapy exists that is nearly as powerful as the simple act of creating something that was intangible before it passed through you.
MD – Comparisons like Queens of the Stone Age or Glam rock get thrown your way, but do musicians really care what niche people try to fit them into or do you just play what makes you feel good?
BH – It’s hard to speak for musicians as a whole, but we personally don’t care about what kind of labels a person chooses to put on what they’re hearing. We’re only concerned about whether or not we’re able to sufficiently entertain them and ourselves.
MD – If you hadn’t all gotten together and become a band what do you think you would have become? Would you have ever left Akron?
BH – Hypothetical situations are often impossible to imagine accurately, so it’s hard to say. We definitely wouldn’t still be in Akron, but we also wouldn’t be the men we are today. Whether that’s good or bad will forever evade me.
MD – On the road, what do you do with your down time? Do you sight see historic landmarks? Go to clubs? Bars? Stay in the hotel/van and just sleep? Take me through an ordinary day on the road?
BH – Ordinary days on the road do not exist. If at all possible, we’ll definitely try to see around the city we’re in. Museums and libraries are a great way to kill time. If a city has decent public transportation, riding the bus or train around town is lovely. Since money tends to be a bit of an issue while touring, club and bar visits are often limited to only those we’re playing at. and because we normally try to avoid getting too many hotel rooms, we spend a lot of time out in the elements just drifting around and bullshitting with folks.
MD – Pie or cake? Why?
BH – Cake. It’s a much more versatile desert.
MD – What level of fame do you wish Falling Still to attain and what level is too high?
BH – Fame is becoming a bit of an antiquated notion. Obviously, it’s all relative and it’s bound to always be around in some form or another, but the whole idea of ‘celebrity’ seems to be an aspiration that’s fading quickly in the creative world. It feels like the future of artists and audiences is forming into a much more intimate relationship.
Falling Still On Tour:
3/14 San Diego, CA @The Griffin
3/25 Los Angeles, CA @The Viper Room
3/31 San Francisco, CA @Hotel Utah